Clerks of Court Plan for Public Access

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s Clerk of Court Work Group met on Friday, September 26, 2008, to discuss ways to implement access to the courts without crossing ethical boundaries. Dean Robert M. Wilcox of the USC School of Law provided ethical training for the clerks including a Q&A session.

Q&A with Dean Wilcox

Q&A with Dean Wilcox

Dean Wilcox discusses ethics

Dean Wilcox discusses ethics

Dean Wilcox noted that ethical guidelines have been put in place to protect the public from advice that causes them to rely on and change their legal position. He cited a few legal cases and also gave practical information to the clerks.

Clerks discuss issues 9-26-08

Clerks discuss issues 9-26-08

Ethics - Serious Topic

Ethics - Serious Topic

Afterward, Robin Wheeler and Stephanie Nye provided updates about signage to post in the courthouses and the Frequently Asked Questions survey.

 

Robin Wheeler discusses progress on signage

Robin Wheeler discusses progress on signage

Stephanie Nye gathers the FAQs

Stephanie Nye gathers the FAQs

During lunch, the clerks divided into two subgroups – Circuit Court and Family Court. In each of these subgroups, the clerks discussed next steps and initiatives.

Circuit Court subgroup discusses important issues

Circuit Court subgroup discusses important issues

 

Family Court subgroup discussion

Family Court subgroup discussion

The group will continue to meet and discuss access for all South Carolinians.
-RFW
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